DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2009) – Despite losing their primary car in an accident in Thursday’s Gatorade Duel qualifying race, Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Team posted the second fastest practice time (191.042 mph) in Saturday’s final practice session as preparation concluded for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
“Drew (Blickensderfer) and Chip (Bolin) and all the guys on the DEWALT Team did a great job of getting the car ready after we wrecked our primary on Thursday,” said Kenseth who turned his first lap in the backup car during yesterday’s session (7th fastest, 189.877 mph). “The car was pretty good yesterday and we made more improvement today. We are happy with the car going into tomorrow, and it’s just a matter of seeing how it all works out for the race.”
Kenseth led a lap in last Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout and he ran as high as third in the Duel on Thursday. In addition, he will start today’s Nationwide Series race on the front row after qualifying his No. 17 Ritz Ford entry in second position (1:15 p.m., ESPN2).
He will start his 10th Daytona 500 tomorrow. The green flag for the All-American race is set to fall at 3:45 p.m. est. The race will be televised by FOX Network, with pre-race coverage beginning at 2 p.m.